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Citing 'new agenda for humanity,' UN deputy chief urges bold action on humanitarian funding

03 February 2016 – Maintaining the United Nations momentum towards the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit – set for 23 and 24 May in Istanbul, Turkey – Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson today urged bold action to alleviate the suffering of 125 million people who depend on the international community to survive.


Turkey’s Erdogan visits UN regional commission in Latin America and Caribbean

02 February 2016 – Appealing for international collaboration to cope with the crisis of Syrian refugees and the challenges to peace in the Middle East, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a recent keynote lecture delivered at the headquarters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), that his country would like to broaden its political and trade relationships with the region.


INTERVIEW: goal of first-ever UN resolution resonates even now – a hibakusha’s story

22 January 2016 – Yasuaki Yamashita, a 76-year-old who makes his home in Mexio, is among the dwindling number of hibakusha – people alive today who survived the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Many, like Mr. Yamashita, have since those horrifying events dedicated their lives to peace and continue to work for nuclear disarmament.


Twenty countries in the Americas reporting cases of Zika virus – UN health agency

22 January 2016 – Twenty countries in the Americas and about 10 in Africa, Asia and the Pacific have reported cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus infection according to information delivered today by the UN World Health Organization (WHO).


El Niño threatens at least 60 million people in high-risk developing countries – UN agency

22 January 2016 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners announced today they predict a major global increase in health consequences of emergencies this year due to El Niño.


International tourism hits record 1.2 billion in 2015, UN reports

18 January 2016 – International tourism grew by 4.4 per cent last year to a record 1.184 billion as calculated by overnight visitors to international destinations, 50 million more than in 2014, and the sixth consecutive year of above-average growth, UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) reported today.


Reviving domestic demand key to robust and sustainable growth in Asia-Pacific – UN report

14 January 2016 – Against the backdrop of a global economic slowdown, reinvigorating domestic and intra-regional demand plays a crucial role in reviving economies in Asia and the Pacific, according to a newly released-United Nations report, which also recommends a proactive fiscal policy emphasising productivity and addressing inequalities in the region.


UN General Assembly – ‘Parliament for all people’ – celebrates 70th anniversary

11 January 2016 – Marking the 70th anniversary of the first meeting of the United Nations General Assembly Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said the body has truly become the “Parliament for all people.”


El Niño has put world in 'uncharted territory,' UN relief chief says, urging action now to mitigate impacts

07 January 2016 – Briefing United Nations Member States today on the widely varied and devastating impacts of the current El Niño weather phenomenon – which for months has sparked massive floods in some countries while leaving others, often in the same region, bone dry – the top UN relief official urged the international community to act now to help millions of people facing food insecurity.


World Bank downgrades global growth in 2016; cites slowdown in major emerging economies

07 January 2016 – Global growth disappointed again in 2015 – slowing to 2.4 per cent – and is expected to recover at a slower pace than previously envisioned, the World Bank Group said today in a new report, which also warned that a broad-based slowdown across developing countries could pose a threat to hard-won gains in raising people out of poverty.